Council continues war on corellas

PLAYFORD Council will continue its war on little corella flocks after viral footage emerged last week highlighting the bird problem in the region.
The footage, which captured the moment a huge swarm of corellas took flight over homes in Andrews Farm, was shared on Facebook and viewed more than half a million times.
The small cockatoos are known for feeding in large, and noisy, flocks and cause significant damage to both council and private infrastructure throughout the region.
Last month, council commissioned a team of noise makers to use pyrotechnics and bird-scaring devices, over a two-week period, in a further attempt to remove the birds.
This follows an attempt in June last year, where council used two female peregrine falcons – a natural predator of the corella – in a bid to remove the flocks from the area.
Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said council has taken a “proactive approach” in dealing with the flocks, but understands there is still more to be done to deal with the issue.
“Playford Council knows how significant the corella issue is to some residents,” he said.
“While we appreciate that some heavily affected areas in our community would like to be rid of the corella, this was, unfortunately, never going to be achievable.
“But, we have received reports from the heavily affected areas that the flock sizes are reduced.”
Mr Docherty said the two-week trial did provide council with some long term plans against the corella, and it will table these findings with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).
“While we achieved a measure of success in dispersal with the larger flocks in their habitual locations, they’re not ready to move on to their natural nesting grounds until the weather starts to cool – further bird-scaring activity is not recommended at this stage,” he said.
“They may need some encouragement to move on in the next two months and avoid overstaying, but we will assess those needs closer to the time of their natural departure from the city.
“We are currently working through the longer-term recommendations in the report, and will be bringing those findings to workshops being held, by DEWNR, with other South Australian councils.”

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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